Dr Thomas Currie
Lecturer in Cultural Evolution


My research focuses on investigating human behaviour and cultural diversity using evolutionary theory. I use quantitative techniques to test competing hypotheses about how cultural traits and societies change over time, and to understand what ecological and social factors drive the evolution of social and political organization. Some of this research involves global-scale analyses, while other aspects have focused on Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa, which represent ideal testing grounds for comparative studies of social and cultural evolution. I am also interested in practical applications of this approach to aid in the development of social policy to help solve real-world problems.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Cultural Evolution
  • Human Evolutionary Ecology
  • Phylogenetic Comparative Methods


PhD Evolutionary Anthropology (University College London),
MSc Evolutionary Psychology (University of Liverpool),
BSc Biology (University of Bristol)


2013-present Lecturer in Cultural Evolution Centre for Ecology & Conservation Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK
2010-2013 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Human Evolutionary Ecology Group, Department of Anthropology, University College London, UK
2009-2010 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Hasegawa Laboratory, Evolutionary Cognitive Science Research Center, Department of Life Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan
2007 Visiting Fellow Department of Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand

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Centre for Ecology and Conservation
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Exeter, Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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